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Social Security Spousal Benefits: Not Just For Currently Married People

If you and your ex-spouse were married for at least ten years, then you are eligible to claim a spousal benefit based on their work record. Doing so has no impact on the benefit that your ex-spouse ultimately receives, and they might never even know that you’ve made a spousal benefit claim. Just as with married couples, the amount of the spousal benefit can be as high as 50% that your ex-spouse is entitled to at their Full Retirement Age (66 for folks born between 1943 and 1954).

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